This neighbourhood favourite in Porta Romana, run by brothers Luca, Fabio and Massimo Crinò, is first and foremost a pastry shop. But don’t let the display cases full of mouth-watering sweets deter you—Massimo 1970 is equally renowned for its inventive cocktails, many of which are Luca’s own creations. Not only does Luca concoct the recipes, but he also creates his own vermouth and Campari-style liquor. Called Number Seven and Number Three, respectively, these artisanal liquors are produced and bottled in Asti (there is also a third vermouth, the Number Five). Try the Americano, a heavenly cocktail that features a mix of the Seven and Three, and allows you to taste the care that went into crafting these Crinò liquors. The bar closes relatively early at 8pm, so you’ll have to go early to join the multi-generational mix of locals savoring these lovingly crafted cocktails.
Time Out tip: On your way out the door, pick up one of the pastry shop’s seasonal desserts for a post-drink snack.